Lady Sings the Blues--Again

Owner of jazz club and grill claims city won't solve access, parking problems

He adds, "To a certain extent, it's an unsolvable problem. One car that's trying to go against all that traffic--that's real hard."

Last November, New Times reported that the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Inc.--a member-financed, pro-development agency--had not contacted Zuhri-Adams to offer assistance. But after the article was published, Zuhri-Adams says she heard from John Augustyn, the organization's operations manager.

He says, "I think we have responded to all of her issues. She has my phone number at home . . . and if she has a problem, she calls me, and we get it resolved as quickly as we can."

Zuhri-Adams says she has contacted Augustyn many times, and he has often responded to her concerns. But she complains that lights from nighttime stadium construction remain so bright, her customers can't see the band perform. And she still finds barricades in front of her restaurant. (Augustyn insists the barricades would be gone as of press time, Tuesday.)

Zuhri-Adams closed All That Jazz for three weeks recently, to revamp the menu and decor. The white-tableclothed tables were stripped and painted with funky purple and black designs. The Caribbean-themed menu was switched to more casual, Southern fare, and the prices were lowered.

Business was great when the restaurant reopened, Zuhri-Adams says--and then more barricades appeared. So business dwindled, and the city continues to ask for its money. Zuhri-Adams still wants to negotiate.

Phoenix's Dave Krietor says, "The one thing that we can't do for somebody is to run their business.

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